More Options for People Considering Flu Shots

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Gearing up for flu season, people looking to get vaccinated have more options than ever before.

"We have all different kinds of flu vaccines," said Josh Hammonds, the nursing director for the Portsmouth Health Department. "Even one with a smaller needle, that gives people peace of mind."

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says more than 135 million doses are being produced this year, and the agency recommends the vaccine for everyone six months of age, or older.

For the 2013-2014 flu season, here are some options:

The standard three-strain shot, for H1N1, H3N2 and an influenza B virus. There's also a four-strain shot, that could very well be the norm in the next couple years.

The nasal spray will protect against the four strains, but it's not recommended for anyone older than 50 or pregnant women.

There's also an egg-free vaccine for people who are allergic, who in years past may have skipped the vaccine, as well as high-dose vaccines for those who are 65 years and older.

Andrew Gedeon got his shot in the arm on Wednesday morning. He missed the shot last year, which he said he will never do again.

"As my wife would say, I'm not too bright," Gedeon said. "I skipped it and had the flu, which made me absolutely miserable."

The Portsmouth City Health Department is hosting a flu clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Scioto County Welcome Center. It is located on Second Street in Portsmouth.

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